should be aware of. in the panic stop, a criminal looks for a distracted driver, positions himself in front of them, and then slams on the brakes and claims painful back and neck injuries. in the swoop and squat, a crook drives erratically and pulls in front of an accomplice who then hits his brakes. finally, the drive down. when a driver pretends to be courteous, waves you around his car, then crashes into you. what's so menacing is that in all of these staged accidents, the crooks make it look like you are the one at fault. some tips. it's a good idea to keep a disposable camera in your car, or use your cell phone to take pictures of the other car, the damage, the accident scene, and the other passengers. that's something you might not normally think to do. but would be very helpful in case you have been in a staged accident. in washington, l rk, abc news.